Study Finds MA Among Worst for Racial Equality in Education

by | Jun 26, 2020 | News, Headlines

A new analysis by WalletHub.com released on Wednesday, June 24, showed troubling data about public school education in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts consistently ranks at the top of public education providers in the United States. In each of the last three years the education journal Education Week ranked the state either first or second in the country.

WalletHub did its own analysis in 2019 and found Massachusetts the top system in the country.

States Ranked  1 (best) to 50 (worst) in Education

Source: WalletHub

The analysis released this week looked at education disparity by race and ranked each state.

WalletHub.com’s analysis found only five states where more disparity exists by race in the education system. It also found that only one other state, Connecticut, had larger gap between the races in the share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree.

States Ranked 1 (best) to 50 (worst) for Racial Equality in Education

Source: WalletHub

In the introduction of its latest analysis, WalletHub.com cited a recent study that found that school districts serving predominantly white students receive $23 billion more in funding than districts that are not predominantly white, though those districts serve the same number of students.

Comparing Worcester County

Using data from the Massachusetts Department of Education form 2018, the latest available. ThisWeekInWorcester.com extracted data for school districts in Worcester county.

While the state average spending per pupil is $16,495.01, only four districts in Worcester Country exceed the average. Also included are the percentage of the student body that is white.

 

Worcester County School Districts

wdt_IDDistrictExpenditures per Pupil% of students white

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